This morning’s five mile walk (some felt it seemed more like six) started on the towing path of the River Wey Navigation by St Catherine’s lock. Twenty-eight arrived for the walk. We headed south, joined the Wey South Path and turned right on a lane by a cricket green where we stopped for coffee.
Setting off again we crossed the A281, took a footpath across Gosden Common, passed sewage works, crossed a field and continued on a bridleway to Tannachie. This bridleway can be ankle-deep in mud in winter; today it was bone dry.
At Tannachie we turned right, rejoined the canal towing path, headed towards Guildford, crossed Broadford Bridge, took a bridleway that led to Shalford Water Meadows and then walked through these on a footpath to the canal and back to the start of the walk.
Notable features today were large clumps of Purple loosestrife and Meadowsweet flowering by the canal, and a mother duck with her seven ducklings paddling on the canal.
Map: OS X 145